Kings Canyon is a truly spectacular 270m deep canyon located in Watarrka National Park about 330km from Alice Springs and 300km from Uluru. The stunning towering walls overlooking the surrounding landscape make for remarkable and unforgettable scenery.
The Rim Walk is 6km and can take 3-4 hours depending how often you stop to take it all in. The walk is quite steep to begin with and you need to be reasonably fit to attempt it. The route takes you around the top of the canyon via The Garden of Eden watering hole and the Lost City beehive rock formations. The views all around the rim are absolutely breathtaking and we agree this is one of the best walks we’ve ever done. Be sure to carry sufficient drinking water and leave early to avoid the afternoon heat.
The Kings Creek Walk is an easy 2km return stroll and very pleasant. The track runs alongside Kings Creek and ends up at a viewing platform where you can gaze up at the mighty canyon walls. The views are stunning.
Kings Canyon Resort is only 10km from the main attraction and offers everything from resort style accommodation to camping. The camp ground is nice and grassy and has a pool, good facilities and even a sunset viewing platform. Pet owners will be pleased to know that animals are welcome, however make sure they are chained up or kept indoors as the dingoes are known to visit camps and set pets free as well as investigate and take your belongings.
If you take the Mereenie Loop to or from the canyon then Palm Valley is worth a look (turnoff at Hermannsburg). The rugged 21km four-wheel drive track follows the Finke River bed to Cycad Gorge in Finke Gorge National Park. The gorge is home to many species of palms and plant life which can be viewed from a close by lookout or on one of the walks ranging between 2 and 5km in length.
Kings Canyon is without a doubt one of the most scenic places in Australia and should definitely be in your travel itinerary if you are going to be in this part of the country.
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Destinations in the Northern Territory
Elsey National Park
Return from Kings Canyon to Northern Territory